Live Review & Photos: Gorillaz @ The Fox Theater
Last night found the world’s biggest virtual band at the ornate Fox Theater. MT Music Blog was there for former Blur frontman Damon Albarn’s latest incarnation of The Gorillaz which featured Mick Jones & Paul Simonen of The Clash. After the opening N.E.R.D, Albarn lead the charge of the massive band that included the eight-piece Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Swedish dream-pop outfit Little Dragon, De La Soul and Bobby Womack along with a seven-piece symphonic backing and six Arab-American musicians for a few tunes.
Womack brought his soul punch on “Stylo” early in the show and Little Dragon joined on the churning of “Empire Ants.” Throughout the long set Albarn took time to sit back and revel in not only the slews of different musicians sharing the stage, but the ornate Fox Theater telling the Detroit crowd that they had “quite the thea-ate-er here.” With an encore of a few Gorillaz favorites both “Feel Good Inc.” (which someone already threw a youtube video up below) and “Clint Eastwood” sent the Fox Theater crowd back into the rainy streets with a smile. While Gorillaz performances this tour are vastly different from years past–the massive screens blocking the musicians are gone– the full band was truly a sight to behold as the rich textures created on the album exploded onstage with the gigantic band.
Check it out below for pictures and video from last night’s show. Click the diagonal arrows for a fullscreen view and click a picture to begin a slideshow.
“Feel Good Inc.”